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Painting Transparent Water

Here's a brief clip from the Chinaman's Bluff painting lesson at:

Many beginner painters see water and assume it's all blue, or all green, without looking to see what's really going…


Added by Richard Robinson on April 13, 2017 at 13:32 — 5 Comments


I am in love with your painting of a Picnic in Tuscany!  It is absolutely gorgeous!  Really and truly, Marlene Sanger.

Added by Marlene M. Sanger on March 3, 2017 at 20:43 — No Comments

Bryan Mark Taylor's The Master's Mind

Hi All!  I keep looking at this video and contemplating whether to purchase or not.  Just wondering if anyone is familiar with it, has used it (or know of anyone who has), and whether it was found useful or not?

 I know I should be making a schedule of certain areas to work on, but don't know where to begin, or what areas to work on or thought this might help.

Thanks for your input!

Added by Candi Hogan on January 24, 2017 at 4:05 — 4 Comments

New Members Posts

I think when an artist posts their ... whole ... portfolio at one time, it becomes quite overwhelming and I tend to just pass over them.

Added by Michael J. Severin on January 14, 2017 at 12:31 — 8 Comments

Autumn in the Park WIP

I am trying to get back into painting and have chosen something from my neighborhood - an autumn scene- I love the abstract patterns in the water, the pop of sienna in the focal tree, the diagonals that move the eye through the scene- I am struggling with whether to crop...I think I like the depth in the current view. Onto more thumbnails and then a value study.  I confess, I already started this twice, without the proper process and of course not to my liking.  I must really discipline…


Added by Lori Ippolito on November 30, 2016 at 6:30 — 18 Comments

Painting a vibrant still life

'A Picnic in Tuscany' 40x40" Acrylic on canvas by Richard Robinson…


Added by Richard Robinson on November 17, 2016 at 17:55 — 12 Comments

Richard's Little Old Man

In our current workshop, Kingfisher, check out the little old man on Richard's palette...Most of my  best work is accidental...…


Added by DG Ewing on November 6, 2016 at 10:38 — 1 Comment

Lost episode

Don't know if this is the correct place to ask this but I bought a previous episode a few months ago... Where would it be? Can't find it anywhere on my phone . Can't remember which one it was either

Added by Siobhan on October 9, 2016 at 1:36 — 2 Comments

New Member from Ireland!

Hi there, just bought the Mastering Sunsets course and am loving it and learning loads.

Just wondering has anyone got info on framing pictures economically? Thanks Deirdre

Added by Deirdre McAvinchey on October 7, 2016 at 3:25 — 2 Comments

Pataua Pleasures

"Pataua Pleasures" 12x18" Oil on Canvas

Two thirds done.…


Added by Richard Robinson on October 5, 2016 at 17:12 — 2 Comments


I can't believe I am doing this but I am on Lesson 1 of Richard Robinson's Painting Workshop. I would appreciate any comments you may have as to how I can improve this painting. I haven't finished it but I am getting frustrated. Sure could use some ideas.

Thank You,

Joanne Liston…


Added by Joanne Liston on September 16, 2016 at 10:37 — 1 Comment

Critiqued Paintings

I Had the opportunity to have two of my paintings Stormy Sunrise and LULU 1306 critiqued at the Tauranga Society of Artists by a recognised artist member of the society.

Stormy Sunrise

Where as the painting was very good and the detail in the foreground excellent he felt the sameness of the sloping rocks on the left spoilt the composition somewhat, also there was a need for more contrast in the splashing wave in the centre foreground. He…


Added by Ian Given on July 31, 2016 at 9:56 — 9 Comments

A Stroll in the Park WIP

First, many thanks to Michael for his kind offer to help me achieve my goals with this painting!..and to my friends here who have been so supportive.  This is the first painting I'm attempting since losing my husband to a battle with stomach cancer.  It's been a difficult time for me and this marks a beginning step in healing my grief. The source photo I'm using is from our vacation at Cape Cod only last July when life seemed so sunny & bright - and this painting is a tribute to that…


Added by Lori Ippolito on July 20, 2016 at 2:00 — 26 Comments


I am new to this site, a bit intimidated.

As long as I remember I appreciated art. Even my children's books were selected by the quality of illustrations. Unfortunately, never got a chance to get an art class. Only later ( too late:-) in my life I bought a basic set of paints and started experimenting. Have not moved too far (very busy life style), but still jealous of those who can draw, paint. You guys!

If you would find a little time to give me some feedback I would greatly… Continue

Added by Olga on July 16, 2016 at 5:49 — 2 Comments

A Tree in My Garden

A little study of a big tree with huge branches in my garden.

Added by Sara Aquada on July 3, 2016 at 0:45 — No Comments

Imagine a painting trip to China

Painting in China - the experience of a lifetime.

Can you imagine a group painting trip in China? 

Having organised 5 such trips, every time I love to see that people are pleasantly surprised by how…


Added by Richard Robinson on May 4, 2016 at 16:35 — No Comments

Photographing Work

I noticed that there is glare from the canvas in the photo of my rose painting. Drat. This lightens things noticeably. Need some tips on taking photos too :)

Added by Kathy Guenkel on April 8, 2016 at 5:40 — No Comments

Testimonials for the school.

Had tried to enter my testimonial  on the website given by Richard  without success.   Tried just now to enter it on my home page....?and it said to many words......please help....

Added by Marisa Comana Pessina on March 12, 2016 at 5:46 — 2 Comments

Ken Auster

Hi everyone.  I just got word that Ken Auster passed away a few days ago.  A great artist and teacher, he will be missed.

Added by Michael J. Severin on February 6, 2016 at 9:44 — 3 Comments

New to The Complete Artist


I am new to The Complete Artist.  Actually, a terrified newcomer.  I pushed myself to post my acrylic painting on canvas yesterday.  I know I will not grow until I get feedback, good or bad.

So I am hoping that some members will be willing to "gently" nudge me along.

Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts on "Bullrushes"


Added by Tanya on January 31, 2016 at 5:31 — 2 Comments

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